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India’s ‘dosa king’ dies one week into life term for murder

Founder of Saravana Bhavan chain of restaurants, P Rajagopal, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, died in a private hospital.

TAS News Service

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Chennai: India’s “dosa king”, P. Rajagopal, the founder of a global restaurant chain Saravana Bhavan, has died days after losing a last-ditch attempt to avoid a life sentence for murder. 

Rajagopal, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2001 murder of Prince Santhakumar, died in a private hospital here on Thursday morning, doctors and police said. He was 72. 

On July 9, Rajagopal surrendered before a sessions court in Chennai to serve a life sentence as the Supreme Court had rejected his plea seeking more time to surrender.

Rajagopal, who was brought to the premises of the trial court in an ambulance, was sent to Stanley Medical College Hospital. “He came to Stanley Medical College Hospital in a very critical condition. He was admitted to the intensive care unit,” said a senior doctor who attended on him. His condition continued to remain critical. On Tuesday, the Madras high court permitted to admit him to a private hospital where died.